The elephant in the room--or, more specifically, in the dance tent--on Saturday afternoon at the Southern California music festival Coachella was "Harlem Shake," the viral dance-craze hit popularized by New York producer Baauer. For literally the first 56 minutes of the superstar DJ's hour-long set on the Sahara stage, there was a whole lot of shaking going on among the dancing masses, but no actual Harlem-Shaking.
As Bauuer shied away from the song than made him a meme, he seemed out to prove that he's no one-hit wonder, instead filling his set with crowd-pleasing samples of hits by Outkast, Lil Wayne, and Jay-Z. It was beginning to look like he wouldn't spin "Harlem Shake" at all.
But then, just as it seemed like his DJ set was over (he actually fled the stage with not so much as a farewell; the effect was almost like a needle being yanked off a record back in the old vinyl-DJing days), Baauer heeded the urgent audience chants of "Harlem Shake! Harlem Shake!" And he returned to his podium, that familiar bass-drop kicked in, and then…this happened:
So thank you, DJ Baauer, for giving the people what they wanted.
For more Coachella reportage, check out Yahoo! Music's 2013 Summer Music Guide.